As African Americans, we have always had big dreams. From the days of Martin Luther King until now we have had aspirations of social equality, liberation, status and wealth.

But up until now, we have had to deal with racial prejudices that held us back from achieving such goals.

Now that is no longer the case. Now we have the ability and the freedoms to make our dreams reality without someone interfering because of the color of our skin.

Yet somehow we still use racial prejudices as an excuse for our failures.

But what would our success look like if we didn’t blame our failures on the white man? How would our dreams and aspirations look like if we stopped pointing the finger at “the man” for not giving us enough opportunities?

What if we took ownership? What if we said, “it’s my fault”? What if we used some grit and determination?

I say that to say this; we need to stop blaming our lack of success on racial prejudices and begin to make opportunities for ourselves.


There are more resources available than ever before

In this day and age, there are more resources at our disposal than there ever were.

With just our fingertips we can search for ways to do just about anything and find someone to guide us through it.

If we want to learn a skill, make money, or get advice the only thing we need to do is download an app, watch a video or read a blog post.

In this digital age, everyone is offering their two cents on just about every topic imaginable and for free.

If you were to go on YouTube right now and search how to buy and sell stocks for beginners you will find a video of Jack Chapple scribbling on a chalkboard instructing you to buy safe stocks, stay away from tech, get dividends and reinvest.

YouTube

If you want to start a business there are small business development centers parked all over the city in which you live.

If you want to start a podcast, launch a website, or create a YouTube channel all it takes is a Google search.

Point is there is no excuse for why you aren’t successful. “The man” isn’t the one holding you down, the only one holding you down is you.

Take advantage of the resources presented to you and make change happen for yourself.

There are more ways to make money than ever

I can’t even count the number of times a week I see an article proclaiming to show you how to make money in your spare time.

Every other day it’s Make Money Blogging”, or 6 Ways to Buy Your 1st Investment Property For $1,000 or Lessor “8 Ways To Make Money From Home”.6 Ways to Buy Your 1st Investment Property for $1,000 or Less
Real estate is capital-intensive – to buy investment property, you must put down large sums of money. Everybody knows…www.landlordology.com

And when you put these tips into practice you’ll find that most of them work.

In fact, I personally know several people who no longer have to work because they are making money from their blog or investing in real estate.

Even on Medium people like Shannon Ashley are making enough money to replace a 9 to 5 just by writing and are willing to share how the did it.Habits That Have Helped Me Earn $20K on Medium
In just nine months.medium.com

And guess what? They provide all this advice for free.

You don’t have to subscribe to their newsletter, pay for a course, or buy a book. Everything is online all you have to do is search.

When we as African Americans blaming racism for our failures we will be able to make change happen.

When we begin to take ownership of our own downfalls then we can create opportunities not just for ourselves but for our families and for our communities.

When we start to take initiative and grab the reins of our futures and lead it in the direction we choose we can achieve goals and our dreams will manifest.

3 ways to create opportunities for yourself

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1.Build relationships

My grandmother would say,

“It’s not what you know it’s who you know”.

She didn’t finish high school and by society’s standards she wasn’t the smartest person but she was a very wise woman.

She knew the value of relationships and understood that in order to get your foot in the door you have to know someone on the other side.

There are so many ways to build connections without ever leaving your house. It’s so easy to reach out to people who could make that dream become reality.

All it takes is a DM on Instagram, connection request on LinkedIn, quick survey on TaskRabbit or a message on Fiverr.

2. Show Up

Sometimes the greatest opportunities come to us when we show up.

We often think in order to get a “big break” we have to show an extreme amount of effort or talent when sometimes all you have to do is be present.

There are times when I’d rather not go to a workshop, seminar, or networking event but I think to myself, “what do I have to lose? If I go and if it’s a waste of time then that would suck. But what if it isn’t? What if I make a great connection?” I would never know if I didn’t show up.

3. Seize the Opportunity

Some opportunities come when we least expect it.

I would even argue that the best opportunities present themselves when we never expect them at all.

I have had the pleasure to work on projects that I never thought I would’ve but when the opportunity presented itself I took advantage of it.

I didn’t hesitate, I took what was given to me.

Because if I didn’t it may never present itself again. If I take it and it comes to nothing I’ve learned my lesson. But if I don’t take it and it comes back to bite me and I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.


Takeaway

As African Americans, we need to realize that in 2019 our lack of success is not attributed to a white man but to our own failures.

The resources are at our fingertips all we have to do is tap into them. We need to stop using racial prejudices as an excuse for why we have not achieved our goals and reached our full potential.

While discrimination is still alive and well, they do not hold the same constraints as they used to. And in some cases they hold none.

So as an African American male I ask that we as blacks take ownership of our failures, stop blaming the white man, take opportunity but the throat and seize it.


Student by day and blogger by night with a focus on Style, Christianity, and Mindset| Founder of style blog pinsandlapels.com
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